This plan is called ‘Be kind’. Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) is focusing on the power and potential of kindness. Research shows that protecting our mental health is going to be key to us coping with and recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.
Kindness can be defined as "Doing something for yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference." We know from research that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. Research also shows that kindness can help with problems due to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, brings a new outlook on a situation and deepens friendships.
Kindness to ourselves is also very important. It can help boost our self-esteem. Kindness can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism.
To find out more about Mental Awareness Week, this year's 30 minute movement challenge, and the reasons behind choosing the Kindness Theme click on these two links:
How kindness can help me and other people
Things I can think about…
Here are some activities to help you think about kindness
If you are age 5 or under, these will be great for you!
If you are age 5 to 7, these will be great for you!
If you are age 8 or older, these will be best for you!
If you can, print out the rainbow picture below. If you don't have a printer you can draw your own rainbow!
There's space for you to record and celebrate the different kind things you do each day.
You might like to colour in one of the rainbow’s stripes each time you do something kind.
You could write about it or draw a picture in the box. Remember to include times when you have been kind to yourself!
When it’s finished, you could stick the picture somewhere to remind you of all the kind things that you have done. Notice how you feel when you think about those things. Being kind makes us feel good about ourselves!
Which of the SCARF values did the activities include?
You can point to these, or if you're making a SCARF journal you can write them down and tick those you did. There's no right or wrong answer! It's up to you to decide!
Part of the oldest children's charity, Coram, we are the leading provider of health, wellbeing, relationships, and drugs education, working with over 2,000 schools and half a million children across the UK.
Trained Educators use evidence-based, interactive, creative methods and resources to stimulate curiosity and imagination amongst children in 1 in 10 English and Scottish primary schools.
Online resources that support primary schools in promoting positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement, through the values of:
Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship.
There's now a proven link between pupils' health and wellbeing, and their academic progress. Crucial skills and positive attitudes developed through comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) are critical to ensuring children are effective learners.
Teachers tell us that they recognise how important these skills and attitudes are in unlocking pupils' potential, helping to raise achievement.
SCARF provides a whole-school approach to building these essential foundations – crucial for children to be safe, healthy and to achieve their best, academically and socially.
For more information visit www.coramlifeeducation.org.uk